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February 2018

Take Better Control Of Pain Management

Codeine withdrawal and dependence may be on the increase but better pain management treatments are available.

As of February 2018, codeine-based medications will no longer be available in Australia without a prescription. Already 25 other countries have restricted access to codeine as it is highly addictive and can cause hospitalisation, organ damage and even death if misused. When consumed, codeine can routinely converted to morphine in the body in order for it to be an effective painkiller. In one instance of codeine addiction, a person was taking 20 or more codeine-based tablets a day. Now pain management advocates are calling for safer and more effective approaches to pain control for Australians to replace over-the-counter codeine. Health experts estimate about one in five people could be dependant on low-dose, codeine-based preparations. Those high dependency rates were the main reason for restricting access to codeine but, with the restrictions now in place, many people may now be experiencing withdrawal. Some people may even not have been aware they have a problem and will also require support and help.

Australia’s leading national advocacy body Painaustralia say better pain management options need to be more readily available. Painaustralia chief executive Carol Bennett says that effective pain management requires more than just often it isn’t just a tablet.

“We know that codeine has proven to be ineffective in treating many chronic pain conditions and can also be addictive and harmful,” Ms. Bennett said. “If someone has ongoing pain the best way to manage it is with a combination of strategies that suit the individual’s personal situation. Physiotherapy, daily exercise, behavioural changes, and rethinking pain with the help of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy are among the best pain management strategies.”

She said changes to codeine prescription won’t stop people who really require codeine from accessing it through proper diagnosis and prescription.

“However, we’re encouraging everyone to look into the best pain management for their situation – often it isn’t just a tablet. It’s important that people living with chronic pain are given all the options and are supported by their clinicians to be able to access the treatment that’s most appropriate for them.”

At Retreat South our approach is to help you break unhealthy, even harmful, attachments with pain relief.  Our specialist team is experienced in treating both addiction and pain management. Using psychotherapy, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, physical therapy, diet and more, you can discover new ways of working toward wellness and channel your energy into positive ways to manage your recovery and chronic ailments. If you have concerns about pain management call us today to talk with our team about how we can help you.

Finding Help For Fly-In-Fly-Out Workers

Depression, anxiety, relationship breakdown and are some of the issues facing fly-in-fly-out (or fifo) workers.

With the resources boom of the 1980s, mining has increased to remote parts of Australia and its surrounding oceans. Large scale industry like this requires large workforces. Instead of requiring workers to locate to relocate with their families to permanently live in isolated areas, workers are flown in and out to the areas where they live in especially provided accommodation during the work period.

These unusual working and living conditions can have a very damaging effect on employees.  The growing research into the isolation and other issues facing fly-in-fly-out workers hopes to better understand their experience and develop strategies to maintain the wellbeing of workers and their families.

What we already know is that men experiencing difficulties due to weeks, or even months of isolation in remote, worker communities. Fly-in-fly-out workers can miss family events like birthdays and anniversaries. Being able to telephone or skype with family cannot replace actually being there, especially with children. When workers are back with family, often they are exhausted and placed under additional stress by spending what is supposed to be time-out from their work with full days of family commitment. Partners also experience isolation and even resentment towards their fifo partner for the long absences. Children miss the important bonding

Some workers who admit to problems are reluctant to accept help and support for fear of being considered weak or not up to the job. That impacts on the existing stress and so workers need to develop strong goals to get them through the away period as well as build routines that include healthy diet, relaxation and how to overcome depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions.

Retreat South specialise in intensive one on one therapy programmes for depression, anxiety and even relationship problems. We are here to help people in exceptional situations like the fly-in-fly-out lifestyle by creating exceptional treatment programmes to address a variety of mental health and other problems.

Call us today to talk about how we can help you.